Category Archives: social media

heavy heart

I can’t write about anything else except Houston, Texas, and how the city has endured the near-biblical proportions of flood water by Hurricane Harvey.

I’ve got friends and family down there and was watching things happen in almost real-time via Facebook and live stream of the local news. Each pic posted of rising water, an evacuation, or the weather forecast made me cry deeper tears. My body was in LA, but my mind and heart was in Houston.

As other people were oblivious or not caring as much due to not having a personal connection to the town made me angry. How can you post about your random thought, a stupid judgmental tweet, or blabber on about your career goals? It seemed so heartless. Even worse were those who were criticizing whatever about the response from afar. I realize haters just hate.

But I had to take a breath and take a step back. How invested was I when other natural disasters hit the country or in other parts of the world? It was easy to judge, not easy to let it go.

I have many other thoughts about this, but will stop or else it’ll get ugly. A friend who is also a Houston local and graphic designer has these t-shirts for sale. All proceeds go toward relief efforts set up by the city mayor.

https://www.bonfire.com/hell-or-high-water-we-love-hou/

cat men

There are two people I follow on Instagram that are both British middle-aged men in the creative arts. One is an actor, one is a cinematographer/filmmaker. I really like their work and therefore it seemed logical to follow them on IG.

Of course, this makes it possible to learn things about them that are not related to their profession. I’ve discovered that these two, who probably have not (but possibly have) met each other, are both deeply devoted cat lovers.

Many of their IG stories and posts have cats in them. Images of their own cats or shelter cats, but they are definitively cat men, which I find amusing but more baffling. I guess it really makes me think if dogs are man’s best friend.

This could be a great reason for these two to meet, to talk about their cats. Which sounds utterly boring to me, but would be a paradise for them.

I still do not like cats.

summertime

Hello, it’s been a while since my last blog post. Been busy doing stuff, some of it actually writing! Well, more like outlining.

I’ve also gotten on Instagram and you can see the feed on the right.

How you like the new theme?

Okay, I’ll write a better blog post sometime soon; just wanted to check in and say hi.

social connect

I’m still new to how everything connects to everything. It used to be that you had a blog. That’s all. Now there’s so many outlets a person can have to share whatever. Even live video now with Periscope; I’ll think about that later.

But today, I am doing the simple thing of linking my blog to my Facebook author page, so it can all be connected. It actually wasn’t that simple! Yet, it could’ve been worse…

old school

I missed blogging, but what I really missed was the interaction with my friends through the comments. This is what Xanga was really good at. It’s a shame everybody left when Facebook took off.

Everyone I subscribed to on Xanga wrote about whatever they wanted. It wasn’t limited to a 140 characters nor a status update. It was shared only with those who subscribed.

Facebook and Twitter made it easy to see what was happening with everyone very quickly without having to really share anything. It made relationships shallower and wider, which is useful in some contexts but made anything more substantial not possible in the virtual realm. I supposed all those who wanted to continue blogging went to blogger or WordPress. And now I am here, too.